Add some intrigue to your weekend and host a blind tasting! Grab some classic varietals to test your knowledge (variety, region, vintage, year, price...). We have suggestions in the "staff picks" section or stop in and we'd be excited to personally select some wines for you to fit a theme or difficulty level. Perhaps you want to host a "Sommelier Smackdown" where guests try to outdo one another in their description of several wines like in the movie SOMM. Get creative, we are here to help you host a killer party.
If you missed out last year...
The X Games returns to Minneapolis, for year two
this weekend (July 19-22)
Friday's Free Tasting (4-8pm)
with Italian Wine Specialist Nikki Erpelding
of Leonardo Locascio Selections :

  • Stella Prosecco
  • Regaleali Bianco
  • Librandi Chardonnay
  • Altesino Rosso di Montalcino
  • Cotarella Sodale Merlot
  • Zenato Valpolicella
  • Plus a Secret Sipper: Monteventrano 'Core' Aglianico
Saturday's Free Tasting (3-7pm)
In keeping with the Blind Tasting theme we will be keeping the wines a secret.
We will paper bag at least some of them and pour them blind! Do you know your wine? Stop by and test yourself. This will be a judgement free zone!
STAFF PICKS : Classic Varietals
(Perfect for a Blind Tasting Party)
Doug's Pick:
2017 Le jaja de Jau, Sauvignon Blanc
I can’t believe the incredible value this wine delivers. At just $13 a bottle this has basically everything I’m looking for in a Sauvignon Blanc - grapefruit, grassiness, lime, and tons of refreshing acidity. It also showcases a really nice, powerful, long finish and begs for some fried calamari or fish and chips. This should absolutely be in the running for our shop’s number one selling Sauvignon Blanc. -$12.99
Patti's Pick:
2015 Mönchhof Ürziger Würzgarten Riesling Spätlese
Formerly a possesion of the Cistercian Abbey at Himmerod the Mönchhof estate is one of the oldest in the Mosel, dating at least as far back as the 12th century. Their wines have been popular for a long time too, as evidenced by the medals the estate was awarded at the  Chicago World's Fair in 1893. All of the estate's vineyards are planted 100% to Riesling and all have their original rootstock. Essentially you are drinking a piece of history. This is a classic example of a sweeter style of Riesling but it is beautifully balanced by racy acidity. Don't write off sweet wines entirely until you've given the good ones like this a chance, you might just be surprised.   -$36.99
Madison's Pick:
2015 Catena Malbec, High Mountain Vines
High Mountain Vines is a blend of fruit from each of Catena's high altitude estates in Mendoza. Red fruit, currants, licorice, and spice with soft tannins and a touch of vanilla. I didn't think I'd ever use the words fresh, subtle, and balanced to desribe a Malbec but I guess I never thought I'd like a Malbec enough to review it either. But, here we are. Its delicious.  -$22.99
Dave's Pick:
2016 Field Recordings Wonderwall Pinot Noir
With the Wonderwall series, Andrew Jones is attempting to make iconic varietal wines, hence the images of Salvador Dali, Frida Kahlo, and Teddy Roosevelt. What he has created with the 2016 Pinot Noir is restrained but well fruited, varietally recognizable wine that satisfies but doesn't overwhelm. Andrews lineup continues to expand but this wine remains a favorite. -$22.99
New & Exciting
Nobushi Japanese Whisky

Domingo Rupestre Salta Red Blend
Casal de Arman Ribeiro
Librandi Chardonnay
Altesino Rosso di Montalcino
Lopez de Heredia Cubillo Crianza 2009
Lopez de Heredia Viña Tonodia Rioja Red Gran Reserva 1987
Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Rioja Gran Reserva 1995
Lopez de Heredia, Rioja Tondonia Reserva 2005
​Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Rioja Reserva 2003
Lopez de Heredia, Viña Tondonia Rioja Tinto Reserva 2004
Lopez de Heredia, Rioja Viña Bosconia Reserva 2006